As a freelance journalist for more than 30 years, and a published playwright, Daniel Dercksen received the number one spot for most popular lifestyle contributor for 2012 and 2014 on Bizcommunity.com. Email:
As a freelance journalist for more than 30 years, and a published playwright, Daniel Dercksen received the number one spot for most popular lifestyle contributor for 2012 and 2014 on Bizcommunity.com. A qualified ETD Practitioner (Education, Training and Development) - accredited by SAQA (The South African Qualifications Authority) - working in accordance with the principles of the Department of Education and focusing on outcome-based education, training and development, he launched The Writing Studio 19 years ago and, since then, has presented workshops in scriptwriting and creative writing throughout South Africa, including a Master Class for Screenwriters for the Talent Campus at the Sithengi Film and TV Market in Cape Town, a "Directing Actors" workshop with actor Eriq Ebouaney; the launching of an evening course in scriptwriting at the City Varsity Film TV and Multimedia School in Cape Town; community workshops the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in Kwa Mashu as part of the annual Kwa Mashu Film Festival, a course for the Cape Film Commission at the Ikapa Youth Film Festival, and a Masterclass at the 2012 Kunjanimation Animation Festival
Graduates of the workshops include award-winning playwrights Neil Coppen (Abnormal Loads) and Jeremeo Le Cordeur (February 14th), filmmakers John Barker (Bunny Chow and How To Steal a Million) and Henk Pretorius (Bakgat, Fanie Fourie Se Lobola, the audience award-winner at the 39th Seattle International Film Festival, Sedona Film Festival and Pan African Film Festival), novelists Lauren Beukes (Zoo City, The Shining Girl) and Gary Hirson (The Magic That is Ours and Calm in Storm), Consuelo Roland (shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award and received an Honorary mention for the Olive Schreiner Prize for her novel The Good Cemetery Guide), and journalist/ publicists Illa Thompson and Kevin Kriedeman.
This weekend you can see Mozart's opera Don Giovanni live on the big screen, as well as the human-drama Alone In Berlin, the action-adventure Max Steel, crime thriller Blood Father and the action-comedy Skip Trace.
Six new films will be releasing on the Big Screen this weekend; including two South African films; thriller Hatchet Hour and romantic comedy Eintlik Nog Baie as well as Hell Or High Water, Doctor Strange, Julieta and When the Bough Breaks.
Shepherds and Butchers, Indignation, The Accountant, Ouija: Origin of Evil and The Threepenny Opera are the releases opening on the Big Screen this weekend. Daniel Dercksen gives some background to each of these films.
For their fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present 'The Secret Life of Pets', a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.
Daniel Dercksen shares a few thoughts with Paul du Toit, who crawls under the skin of Hedwig, one of the most unique and divine iconic characters to ever hit the musical stage in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' at Gate 69 in Cape Town.
Director Andrew Stanton is always on the lookout for a new story. His imagination has taken him under the sea and beyond the stars, but this time, a character from his past unexpectedly swam straight into his subconscious.
The Jungle Book returns to the big screen in magical, larger-than-live, live-action epic adventure that showcases the art of animation, storytelling and filmmaking, blending live-action performances...